Handspun Shawl

I finally finished my very first handspun shawl! I spun this yarn about two years ago, and started knitting this shawl in June. It got sent to hibernation for a while, but now it’s done!

Pattern: Garden of Alla
Yarn: my own handspun, from Gale’s Art BBFL roving, in colorway ‘Stormy Sea’
(see below for more details on the yarn) – spun in November 2008
Needles: US 5
Started : June 3, 2010
Finished: November 2, 2010

Modifications: I only made one modification, if you can really call it that. I did the alternate lace edging that’s available on Ravelry, but I had to tweak the chart a bit because I stopped on a different row than the available chart indicates. (I was going to run out of yarn otherwise!)  I also added 4 extra lace edging rows as well.

Here’s how I spun the yarn:

(Gale’s Art BBFL Roving – 8 ounces)

I had a shawl in mind for this roving from the beginning, and I wanted to preserve the color progression.  So I knew I needed to try to get as much yardage as possible out of the roving.  I divided the roving in half lengthwise, and predrafted both at the same time, very slowly, so the color changes were mostly consistent between the two.

I then spun up singles out of each half, very thin and with a slight over-twist.  I then plied the two singles together – starting from the same ends to keep the colors together.

I ended up with about 620 yards of lace-weight yarn.

It was very satisfying to finish my first major project with my own handspun yarn!  (I did a hat and couple small things before this, but I don’t count those.  Well, and I did one other handspun shawl just recently, but I can’t show you that one yet.)  I’m extremely happy with the final result.

Happy Knitting (and Spinning) everyone!


About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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6 Responses to Handspun Shawl

  1. turtlegirl76 says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous and a great example of intentional spinning.

  2. Andrea says:

    Just gorgeous, Heather—you are very, very talented!

  3. DebraEmanon says:

    This is amazing. Your work is beautiful. I’m in awe of your talent.

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